Looking for some fiery foliage to add to your garden this season? Look no further than Euphorbia ’Bonfire.’ This easy-to-care-for perennial makes a gorgeous addition to your borders thanks to its neat, mounded form.
If you’re scratching your head at the word “Euphorbia,” here’s a refresher on the type of plant (it’s also known as a spurge). Basically, there are more than 2,000 varieties of Euphorbia, each with its own colours and characteristics. The ‘Bonfire’ variety is especially popular because of its bursting hues. Like most Euphorbias, the colours change with the seasons—in spring, ‘Bonfire’ foliage begins green but quickly turns to rich, maroon red and when summer comes around, the shades turn to gorgeous crimson, burgundy, and mahogany as the perennial lasts into fall. Red-tipped chartreuse flowers in spring contrast nicely with the red foliage. Picturing these colours, you might now understand why it’s called ‘Bonfire’!
Best uses for Euphorbia ‘Bonfire’
If you’re ready to add this warm and eye-catching perennial to your landscape, you might be wondering where it’s best utilized. After all, you’d hate to plant it somewhere, only to have it fail or ruin the look you’re going for. It is also important to know that these plants will thrive in garden zones 5-9. Here are our two recommended uses for Euphorbia ‘Bonfire’:
- Borders – line pathways with this unique foliage for colour interest from spring through fall
- Containers – ideal if you live in an urban area and have a balcony garden
Best companion plants for Euphorbia ‘Bonfire’
Planting ‘Bonfire’ around your borders is a fun way to add interest to your landscape and help outline walking areas. To amp up the visual interest even more, though, why not sprinkle in some other plants that live in harmony with Euphorbia? Scoping out the right companion plants is a very important part to creating a successful garden. As for Euphorbia ‘Bonfire,’ the below companion plants will be wonderful:
- Yellow-flowered Tickseed, like Coreopsis Creme Brulee
- Yellowed-flowered Yarrow, like Achillea Little Moonshine or Sunny Seduction
When picking out companion plants, remember to consider the shapes and colours as they relate to those of the spurges. Depending on if you want a uniform look or a varied collection, there are plenty of options to achieve either look for your borders.
How to care for Euphorbia ‘Bonfire’
Though this spurge variety is quite hardy. To ensure your drought-resistant Euphorbia thrives instead of dies, here’s how to take care of the ‘Bonfire’ variety.
- Full sun in northern areas or partial sun in southern areas
- Soil with good drainage
- Cut back in late summer
- Divide plants every few years
- Weekly watering in the summer
Where to buy Euphorbia ‘Bonfire’
Now you know where to put it, what to plant with it, and how to care for it—it’s time to finally purchase your Euphorbia ‘Bonfire!’ Luckily, we know just the place. You can easily order the variety at many of these online suppliers. And, since ‘Bonfire’ is one of Rozanne’s most popular friends, you should have no problem finding a way for the two plants to live in harmony.
When you’re ready to add more fun foliage and beautiful blooms to your garden, don’t forget to make sure you’re in Rozanne’s Inner Circle—you’ll get great gardening tips every month.